Statement from Bishop Tobin on ending DACA program

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Since 2012 when the government introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA), our Diocesan Immigration Office has processed over two hundred applications for this status. These young people belong to many of our Catholic parishes and have been excellent students and outstanding citizens. DACA has allowed them to emerge from the shadows and fully participate in the communities in which they live.

Over two thousand young people throughout the State of Rhode Island have applied for DACA status. The action of the Trump administration today increases their fears and anxieties.

The Diocese of Providence stands in solidarity with these young people and their families and urges the members of our Congressional delegation to support the Dream Act of 2017 and to make its passage a reality.